Guideline No. 40 – Radon Units – Fast Track Available

An Exterior Alteration Application is required for all radon mitigation systems/units where exhaust pipes etc. must be located in the front of the home or above the roofline.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan including the exact location of the radon unit. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing and/or photograph if available.
  • Description of the type of screening. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. A completed application is submitted.
  2. A screening plan is provided. See GUIDELINE No.47—SCREENING.
Approval Not Required

An application for exterior radon units will not be needed if the following criteria are met:

  1. The exhaust pipe is located alongside a downspout and painted the color of the downspout.
  2. The unit is placed vertically on the side of the house and painted to match the siding.
  3. The unit is located along the rear or side of the house and is of a size that does not require screening.

Guideline No. 41 – Rain Barrels

 Rain barrels, or rainwater storage containers, capture rainwater and hold it for later use on lawns, gardens, and indoor plants. Collecting rain runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from a property, reduces erosion, and conserves water. An Exterior Alteration Application for consideration by the RHAC is required when placing a rain barrel on your property.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements
  • A diagrammed plot plan showing the location of no more than one rain barrel located at each downspout on your property. Rain barrels shall be placed on a level surface and secured so as not to topple.
  • Rain barrels must not exceed a sixty-five-gallon capacity limit and may be constructed of either vinyl material to match the siding or trim of the house or unstained wood material.
  • Rain barrels must be maintained at all times and should be free of standing water on or around anything not used as part of the rain barrel system, must be conducted including the use of the collected water, mosquito screens or dunks (that kill mosquito larvae, but are harmless to birds, wildlife, and pets) to prevent breeding, and have an annual inspection for cracks, leaks, or debris.
  • A properly diagrammed plan to properly divert the drainage/overflow/runoff from the rain barrel onto the neighboring properties, common areas, or open space.
Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if the following criteria are met:

  1. The rain barrel is located on the property at a downspout.
  2. The rain barrel is secured so as not to topple.
  3. The rain barrel is placed on a level surface.
  4. The rain barrel does not exceed 65 gallon capacity and 48 inches in height.
  5. Vinyl barrels, match either the siding or downspout color.
  6. Wooden rain barrels remain natural, i.e. unstained.
  7. No more than two (2) rain barrels are proposed.
  8. Information is provided on how mosquitoes will be prevented.

NOTE: Rain barrels must be maintained at all times and should be kept free of standing water on or around anything not used as part of the rain barrel system. The rain barrel drainage must be properly diverted and may not flow onto neighboring properties, common areas or open space.

During the winter season, rain barrels should be stored and/or all water removed or maintained in such a way that water will not get into the receptacle and freeze. These steps will ensure prolonged barrel life and avoid maintenance issues.

Guideline No. 48a – Security Lighting

An Exterior Alteration Application will be required for all security lighting, flood lights and various types of high output lights.

Exterior Alteration Application Requirements

The application must include:

  • Diagrammed plot plan showing the location. Note: Applications without a diagrammed plot plan will not be accepted.
  • Bulb type and wattage or wattage equivalent.
  • Aim and illumination area of lights.
  • Style, size, scope (range) of proposed lights.
  • Describe the impact on neighboring properties.
  • Manufacturer’s drawing.
  • Brochure.
  • Description or photograph, if available.

 

Approval

Your application will most likely be approved if it meets the following criteria:

  1. Consideration is given to the impact on neighboring properties.
  2. The lighting illuminates only a specific area which is totally within the applicant’s property.
  3. High light fixtures are shielded to prevent unwanted or excessive intrusion of light from one property to another.
  4. Number (amount) of security lights is reasonable to the size and scale of the property.
  5. Lighting does not detract from the residence’s appearance or the residential look of the neighborhood.
  6. All lighting equipment is painted to match the color of the surface to which they are attached.

NOTE: Exterior Alterations of this type must be considered carefully because of the impact on neighboring properties.